Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates mind-boggling portraits by wrapping a single UNBROKEN black thread around galvanized nails, on a clear white board.
In the four years since I started Oddity Central, I’ve had the opportunity of discovering many great artists. Most of their works are nothing short of impressive, but there are a few whose artistic genius is simply breathtaking. Kumi Yamashita is definitely one of those few. The Japanese artist living in New York City uses all kinds of common objects to create arresting images, in her quest of exploring art beyond the confines of traditional media. Perhaps her most impressive technique is creating portraits by using a single thread weaved around a series of nails, on a white background. We’ve seen portraits created with thread and nails before, but nothing quite like what Yamashita can do.
It seems pretty unbelievable looking at the detail of her portraits, but Kumi Yamashita creates every on eof them by weaving that single thread around the galvanized nails until she gets the desired effect. Even the darker areas, like the pupils of the subjects’ eyes are the result of repeated weaving to create density. It’s simply one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen.
Photos copyright of Kumi Yamashita
via This Is Colossal